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Sophia Murphy
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Sophia Murphy is a senior advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). A selection of her articles republished on this site can be accessed below, including a link to original source.
Crisis or Opportunity in the Multilateral Trade System?

Where do the politics of the World Trade Organisation negotiations stand now? It appears that the paralysis in multilateral trade talks is leading to yet another North-South (industrialized versus developing country) divide. And we still need a multilateral framework for trade, writes Sophia Murphy.

Grain Reserves and the Food Price Crisis

One important piece of the answer to the food price crisis is the simple yet powerful idea of saving food in times of plenty for use in times of scarcity. The Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy have released a compendium of current writing on food reserves, with a contribution from Share The World's Resources.

Resolving the Food Crisis

While the 2007-08 food price crisis has been a catalyst for important policy reforms, governments have yet to address its underlying causes and enact deeper structural reforms, leaving the world at risk of another devastating spike in global food prices. A report by Sophia Murphy and Timothy A. Wise.

Changing Perspectives: Small-scale Farmers and Globalization

For decades, small-scale farmers have been marginalised by a globalising food system. With climate change and food sovereignty concerns now influencing the policy agenda, the importance of smallholder agriculture is gaining new recognition, says a paper by Sophia Murphy.

Averting the Next Food Crisis: What Role for Food Reserves

Excessive volatility in agricultural commodity markets cannot be resolved through food reserves alone, but they can act as a powerful tool to protect and promote the right to food. The FAO’s Committee on Food Security should give them the attention they deserve, writes Sophia Murphy.

Why We Need Food Reserves

Food reserves are an important tool for stabilising agricultural markets. They could play a key role in improving food security, but current trade rules may hamper their implementation, reveals a series of papers by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Time to Put Food Reserves on the Table

As the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) holds a special meeting on increasing volatility in agriculture prices in Rome, governments should consider the establishment of food reserves to help stabilize the marketplace, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

Colonialism Lives in Biotech Seed Proposal for Africa

If the history of colonialism has taught us anything, it is that agricultural aid must strengthen resilience, encourage diversity and be locally appropriate. Bill Gates’ biotech seed proposal for Africa fails on all three counts, argue Dennis Keeney and Sophia Murphy.

The Global Food Challenge

In 2009, the number of undernourished people in the world reached a record high of one billion. International trade rules must be fundamentally reshaped to put human rights, particularly the right to adequate food, at the centre of economic policy, says a report by IATP et al.

Washington DC Conference on Global Food Reserves

On 15 October 2009, Share the World’s Resources presented at an event hosted at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on the potential and pitfalls of instituting a series of global food reserves.

Free Trade in Agriculture: a Bad Idea Whose Time is Done

The liberalisation of world agricultural markets has failed to benefit local farmers or meet the needs of the world's hungry. A fairer and more sustainable food system is needed which protects, promotes and fulfils the human right to food, says Sophia Murphy.

Food Aid Emergency

In the 21st century, hunger is not inevitable - and the world grows enough food, knows enough about redistributive economics, and has the political tools to ensure a food-secure future, writes Sophia Murphy.